Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V, Mirza Masroor Ahmad had the occasion to address members of US Senate and Congress at Capitol Hill, a few weeks ago. He said in his most recent Friday sermon that our opponents in Pakistan tried to bring notoriety to this occasion, but their efforts were not entertained much. Their stance was that either he was going to ask US government for help or God forbid was going to conspire against Pakistan. If they have any sense of fairness, they can hear [the address] for themselves.
I am quoting here from summary of his Friday Sermon from July 20, 2012, from Alislam:
Our reliance is on the Being of God, the progress of the Community is with God’s grace and not with the help of any government. As for conspiring against Pakistan, we love the homeland more than these people, who neither had any role in its creation nor in establishing it. On the contrary, they are taking it to ruin. As far as ‘taking’ is concerned, during the 2008 trip to USA by Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih, only one senator had come to a reception for brief five minutes and left before the function started. He had asked Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih what he required from him. Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih told him that he had not come to ask for anything. Rather he was there to tell them what kind of policies to adopt to establish peace. On the recent trip, the significance of addressing an event at the Capitol Hill was no greater for Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih than the thought of expounding aspects of Islam to leaders and educated people gathered in one place with the hope that they may think of taking the right actions.
A day prior to the event at Capitol Hill CNN interviewed Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih and suggested that it was a very significant moment for him. He replied that the significance of the occasion was not that exciting for him. He told him that his USA trip was mainly aimed at meeting people of his Community and to draw attention to enhance their religious, moral and spiritual condition. The CNN correspondent said it would be shocking for US politicians that Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih was not giving it much significance and then joked that he would not tell the politicians. Such an event may have significance in the eyes of a worldly person but it neither has any importance for us nor should it. However, out of courtesy we definitely thank them that they listened to what we had to say. One meeting was held with some military chaplains of various denominations, also prior to the Capitol Hill event. One of them put to Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih if owing to the fact that he was going to address congressmen the next day he was nervous. Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih told him that he was not at all nervous because all he was going to speak about was the Qur’an and Islam and he had had occasion to deliver lectures and there was nothing to be nervous about. The person replied that he gets nervous in such situations. The reason for this is that although these people are religious leaders, for them worldliness is overriding and they are intimidated by the mention of Capitol Hill. Whereas for those who believe in the One God He alone matters. After the event one Congressman was overheard saying to another this is how openly and factually Muslim leaders should speak. God has not given this opportunity to any Muslim leader because they are more inclined to the world. Our young members should remember that we have nothing to take from these leaders rather we have to give them something and gratefulness should mainly be to God. Worldliness never works in Jama’at work. If we were to consider worldly people everything, God has the power to take back any blessing He has bestowed. Our objective is Hamd and pleasure of God; indeed, it should be our objective. Connection with worldly people is not our ultimate objective; it never has been and it never will be. Nor is it our objective to gain something from worldly people or to reach them. Be it USA’s Capitol Hill or any other chamber, it is not our ultimate objective. No matter how educated an Ahmadi may be or how many connections he may have, he or she should remember that our ultimate objective is to make the world turn to One God and to raise the banner of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) higher than any worldly chamber and worldly flag.
Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih said he spoke at Capitol Hill in light of the teaching of the Holy Qur’an and the true teaching of Islam and it was not by virtue of any personal ability of his. He said he did not consider himself very knowledgeable and was a humble person but the Messiah in whose representation he had gone to make this address and his master, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was promised ‘You have been helped with prestige…’ by God. As he prayed while been driven to Capitol Hill, Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih thought that people considered the place to be a very important chamber. He said he had had no time to think this before and had the thought in the car. He prayed that he was a humble servant of God who was taking God’s message there in representation of His Messiah. Therefore, he prayed to be shown a manifestation of the promise of ‘You have been helped with prestige…’ [Tadhkirah p. 92] made to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) on the day. And God accepted this prayer and discerning Ahmadis saw this and said that they experienced a manifestation of ‘You have been helped with prestige…’. Others too expressed similarly.
Anwer Mahmood Khan sahib who is the son of Maulana Abdul Malik Khan and lives in USA and is a member of the national amila, has written an article about the reviews of the politicians. Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih thinks he should have it printed in Al Fazl and other magazines.
The event was attended by 29 congressman and senators. Also present were people from think-tanks, from the Pentagon, NGOs as well as professors. The total number was 110. It is well known that usually congressmen or senators do not stay for long at such occasions. However, they all sat through this event, with the exception of two or three who had apologised earlier. A seasoned Capitol Hill bureaucrat told Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih that in his 15 years there he had never seen any more than 10 congressmen and senators attend and they did not sit for more than 5 or 10 minutes no matter who was addressing. He said what was most amazing for him was that both the government and opposition leaders sat together.
The aforementioned senator who had met Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih in 2008 also attended this function and sat through it. Although the event was held in a good-sized hall named Gold Room, due to lack of seating, some congressmen and senators stood through the proceedings and listened and perhaps what they listened was contrary to their inclination; establishment of justice, big nations to look after small nations, equality in the Security Council and the UNO, wealth of other nations not be coveted. Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih explained all this in light of the Holy Qur’an. After the address, the first Muslim congressman told Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih that he particularly liked that others’ wealth should not be coveted. He said the lecture should be promptly published and distributed. A congressman’s view was that this message was needed by USA today.
Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih said it was merely by the grace of God that the teaching of Islam was taken to them. Whether it has an impact on them or not, the beautiful teaching of Islam has been explained to them. True Hamd belongs to God Who facilitated this occasion and each Ahmadi should remember this. If the politicians pay attention to justice, the world will be saved as will they. Otherwise God’s decree will come to pass. Read the Friday Sermon further or listen in Urdu